Reportedly, the filmmakers of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (opening March 25) cast Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight because they wanted a slightly older Batman with some gravitas.

Now, you're probably chuckling and thinking, "Ben Affleck? Gravitas?" But give the man some credit.

At age 43, after 35 years in show business -- and 19 in the celebrity tabloid wringer -- Affleck has more world-weariness and life experience than you might think. Indeed, he's always been an underrated actor, and at times, he's been able to use that reputation to his advantage. Here are five Affleck turns that were dismissed or undervalued at the time but are ripe for rediscovery now.